London Spy Report: September

Each month our Lucky Onion London Spy leaves Cheltenham and the Cotswolds behind and heads for London. The Spy brings you the latest news from the best restaurants, hotels, theatres, galleries and general happenings in the capital. Check out what September has to offer.




The team behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana are opening up their second outpost – this time in Marylebone. With a design inspired by Geoffrey Bawa, it’s all about ‘feasting, Sri Lankan style’. The menu revolves around Hoppers’ namesake dish, a crepe-like bowl made from rice flour and coconut milk, served alongside new curries including lamb shank, aubergine, crab, cauliflower and prawn. Be prepared for a cracking cocktail menu, too, inspired by the flora and vegetation of Sri Lanka’s spice gardens.

Opens September. 77 Wigmore St, Marylebone, W1. 020 3319 8110


Sculpt at Kew 


The verdant gardens of Kew are playing home this autumn to Handmade in Britain’s innovative new exhibition. Stroll through the gardens and spot more than 70 sculptures from artists working across bronze, ceramics, glass and woodwork. Highlights include British sculptor Simon Gudgeon, international artist Mark Dedrie, figurative pieces from Paul Vanstone and incredible life-size animals by Piers Mason and Hamish Mackie.

18th September to 15th October. Royal Botanic Gardens, KewRichmondTW9. 020 8332 5655


Oslo at the National Theatre 


Fresh from Broadway after winning the Tony Award for Best Play, this gripping production tells the true story of two maverick Norwegian diplomats who coordinated top secret talks in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo. Their quiet heroics inspired a seemingly impossible friendship, leading to the historic signing of the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993 at the White House between Israel and Palestine. With Toby Stephens at the helm, you’re in for a treat.  

Until 23rd September. Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1. 020 7452 3000 


Totally Thames 


The Totally Thames Festival is back with a stunning array of film screenings, exhibitions, installations, performances, walks, boat party and even a wild swim. Don’t miss the Bascuale Chamber Concerts, a three-day series of concerts which take place in quite possibly the most atmospheric venue in London – the subterranean Victoria chambers of Tower Bridge. The programme includes an interpretation of Handel’s water music, using live recordings of the bridge’s river and road sounds.  

Until 30th September (Bascule Chamber Concerts 22nd – 24th September)020 7928 8998; 


Open House London 


Open House is proving bigger and better than ever this year as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. With every London borough participating, take the chance to explore behind the closed doors of more than 800 of the capital’s most unique venues for free. Old favourites like the BT Tower and William Morris’s Red House lie alongside City of London icons like the Cheesegrater and serious design-led architecture including a hipster housing block in Stoke Newington vying for the Stirling Prize.

16th-17th September. 

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